South Africa Tag

AMANDLA* to the Safe-Hubs – A good news story (* Power) – With this country being just in the centre of the worldwide Covid threat again, we are glad that our South African correspondent Sandi Baker has turned up with something different. –The editors. Life in South Africa can be harsh, and this year seems to have been particularly difficult for some, which is why I have been on the lookout for a good news story. And this is one such story. Going quietly under the radar, Safe-Hubs have startedRead More
… written by a crackhead scriptwriter I wanted to write something positive, preferably something about the culture and people of South Africa. Sadly, that was not to be. Instead, just when I thought I could not be bewildered by anything more about South Africa, the ANC showed me the error of my ways. South Africa is scheduled to have local elections on 27 October 2021. These elections are quite important as they affect local service delivery, which has become somewhat erratic, given the close relationship between ANC cadre deployment andRead More

Posted On August 1, 2021By Sandra BakerIn Crimemag, CrimeMag April 2021

Sandi Baker: South Africa in turmoil

When winter came In the week of 7 July, winter came to South Africa with a vengeance, cold fronts bringing icy subpolar winds blew in, offering little respite. The events that followed chilled the nation. Living in South Africa is like being on an emotional rollercoaster where you struggle not to be overwhelmed by societal dysfunctionalities, where a trip to the supermarket sees you run the gauntlet and gamut of emotions as you see poverty and inequality at every turn. Those feelings quickly change to intense feelings of guilt thatRead More
Jerusalema – Yearning for Home, Yearning for Africa One of the surprising outcomes of Covid-19 has been the viral sensation of the gospel hit Jerusalema written by Master KG and sung by Nomcebo Zikode, both South Africans. – From Sandra Baker. The four-minute 14-second song was initially uploaded eight months ago, on 12 December 2019, and has spread like contagion with over 107 million views, four times the number of Covid-19 infections (30 August 2020). Unsurprisingly, the song featured in the top four South African songs for 2019. But itRead More
Protest time in South Africa By Sandi Baker South Africa is a divided country that once prided itself on being the poster child for truth and reconciliation. The people of South Africa went out to march on Friday, 7 April, most against President Zuma but some for him. The marches were relatively peaceful with few incidents of violence and aggression. These were not the usual protests of black South Africans protesting against service delivery in far-flung areas in Limpopo away from the commercial hubs of Gauteng and Cape Town. TheseRead More

Posted On September 7, 2011By Sandra BakerIn Kolumnen und Themen, Litmag

Mzansi moments – What’s up in Jo’burg?

Südafrika ist ein spannendes Land,  mit einer lebendigen Kunst- und Kulturszene. Deshalb freuen wir uns über unsere neue Südafrika-Korrespondentin Sandra Baker, die uns von nun an auf dem Laufenden halten wird. Diesmal berichtet sie von zwei interessanten Festivals, die im September stattgefunden haben (Jo’burg at 125), bzw. gerade gestartet sind (The Arts Alive festival). Also: Nichts wie hin zum Flughafen und ab nach Jo’burg. Cultural and literary events in South Africa –Hi Folks, for those of you who will be in South Africa, in September and in particular in JohannesburgRead More